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Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products Network

Because of the great biodiversity of southern Africa, enhanced capacity and capability in natural products research has the potential to increase food security, public health, and value-added exports. SABINA trains African scientists through research in the biochemistry and chemistry of natural products, including bioinformatics as an essential tool for data management and the elucidation of structure and function. Research focuses on increasing the understanding of useful plants (such as mushrooms, seaweeds, and tea crops) or fungi through the screening of assays and through study of biosynthetic pathways, gene expression, modes of action, synthetic production and genetic diversity. Accessing research facilities in the well-equipped institutions in South Africa and acquisition of research equipment and refurbishment of laboratories to support quality and innovative research in the non-South African universities constitute an innovative strengthening initiative.
SABINA Leaders

Academic Director and Secretariat
Dr. John Becker
African Centre for Gene Technologies/Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Prof. John D. Saka, Vice Chancellor
University of Malawi: Chancellor College

Ms. Ella Nyakunu
POL-SABINA Manager, African Centre for Gene Technologies

Prof. Zeno Apostolides, Department of Biochemistry
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Prof. Charles de Koning, Department of Chemistry
University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 

Prof. Martha Kandawa-Schulz, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Science
University of Namibia

Dr. Sylvester Lyantagaye, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Quintino Mgani, Department of Chemistry
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Dr. Albert G. Changaya, Director
Tea Research Foundation of Central Africa, Malawi